Flavored vodkas have gotten a bum rap. And when you see the assortment of shit like wedding cake, whipped cream and crap that would be better suited for a scented candle than a bottle of booze, you can understand why.
But luckily there's folks out there making great flavored vodkas. Square One Organic Spirits is just such a company. With flavors like bergamot, cucumber and basil, it's clear that their leaving the scented candle-flavored vodkas in the dust.
We recently got our grubby little hands on a bottle of the Square One Organic Basil Vodka. They're one of many great brands coming to our January "Holiday Hangover Brunch" 3st of the Month event. And while it's obvious that basil vodka would be perfect for making Bloody Marys, we decided to try some other cocktails with it instead. The first of these - and most simple for certain - is below.
2 oz Square One Organic Basil Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water ratio)
4-6 oz seltzer
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, lemon and simple. Give it a quick shake and add seltzer before stirring lightly and straining into a prepared glass filled with crushed ice.